So You Want to Write Fiction? Vonnegut Speaks

From Lifehacker, a summary of Kurt Vonnegut’s advice for those who want to write short stories: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character should want [Read More...]

Amish Training

From my favorite writer on all things Amish, Donald Kraybill, and this article of his is about the development of obedience in Amish culture. These links — between spanking, happiness and heaven — provide the framework for Amish child discipline, an approach that nurtures obedience instead of individuality. It’s a framework that disturbs modern sensitivities. [Read More...]

Are Anabaptists Taking Over?

Sheldon Good, writing at HuffPo, responds to Mark Tooley, who think Anabaptists and Neo-Anabaptists are taking over, to say, well, here’s his opening: Are Mennonites taking over the world? Not likely. But Mark Tooley wonders in The American Spectatormagazine whether Mennonites are taking over a big enough part of Christianity to be dangerous. Tooley used a recent [Read More...]

What is Sin? (RJS)

This post is part 7 of a series The Fall and Sin After Darwin. We’ve been looking at the essays in a book Theology After Darwin centered around a simple question: What are the implications for Christian theology if Darwin was right? In conjunction with this we are also looking at three articles in the [Read More...]

The Gospel: “Fog” and “Cloudy”

Greg Gilbert says the there is a “fog” in our understanding of the gospel; Darrell Bock says our understanding of the gospel is “cloudy.” We’re talking here about the core of cores, the heart of hearts, the center of all centers; we’re talking here about the gospel of all things. And both of these writers, [Read More...]


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